Washington Redskins Unheralded Players: WR Matt Hazel
By Ian Cummings
In the coming months, the Washington Redskins will look to trim down their 90-man roster ahead of the impending regular season. Every year, we see a number of unheralded players find their way onto the final roster. Wide receiver Matt Hazel could be just one of those surprises.
The 2017 Washington Redskins were the first team in NFL history to lose two 1,000-plus yard receivers in one offseason. The departures of seasoned veterans DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon will certainly hurt, one way or another.
That being said, the Redskins have responded about as well as they could have. The team signed ultra-athletic Terrelle Pryor to a one-year deal. They also acquired Brian Quick, an underachieving player who has height and potential to grow. Furthermore, Josh Doctson, the Redskins 2016 first-rounder, is likely to be fully recovered by the start of the season.
These additions, combined with the talent already on the roster, should mask any loss. However, the depth of the unit is still up for debate. Maurice Harris is a candidate for development. The team also signed Robert Davis in the sixth round, and they seem to feel confident in Ryan Grant‘s abilities. But none of these players are roster locks, and the lasting uncertainty around the wide receiver position may pave the way for lesser-known players to burst onto the scene.
One of these lesser known players is Matt Hazel. Due to the change the wide receiver position has undergone this year, nothing is set in stone. In time, Hazel could work his way up and be the next unheralded player to make an impact.